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Eat to Defeat Cancer

Posted on May 26, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Civil Eats (I have placed this site in the sidebar – seems to be pretty good!)

Would you change the way you eat if it kept you from getting cancer or stopped the disease in its tracks? Could you see yourself adding more sustainable, fresh local foods to your diet every day if it might prolong your life?  Cancer researcher Dr. William Li, of the Angiogenesis Foundation, thinks you can.

Li’s work revolves around looking at the way that our blood vessels–every person has around 60,000–deliver oxygen and nutrients to the all our body’s organs, but can also feed cancers and grow tumors in the body. To prove his theory about the preventative powers of healthy food, his Angiogenesis Foundation has kicked off an Eat to Defeat campaign, that has a goal of signing up one million volunteers who are willing to increase their intake of healthy foods, and to become a part of his research.

How It Works

Dr. Li says that each person’s body has the power to regulate how many blood vessels there are operating in it at any one time, and that balance of this number is critical to health....

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10 Things NOT to Say at the Farmer’s Market

Posted on May 16, 2011 in DIY Projects – Kevin Hayden

Source: Chicago Tribune

The farmers market season has begun and fans of the region’s asparagus (now), strawberries (soon) and tomatoes and peaches (later this season) will be lining up at their favorite purveyors for the locally grown fruits and vegetables (no, you won’t find pineapples or oranges, at least not in the midwest or north), artisan cheeses, honey and locally-raised meats and poultry.

When you grab your market tote to head out to a farmers market, consider taking along the  “What’s In Season” list  from the Illinois Department of Agriculture (check your own state website or organization for local seasonal foods!).  And when the season for soft berries (raspberries, blackberries, etc.) begins, bring along a reusable plastic container to keep them from being crushed in the tote home.

When you arrive, here are some helpful tips on what NOT to say…

1. These carrots have dirt on them.
2. How much for one?
3. If I buy two pounds of beans, do I get a discount?
4. What kind of pesticides do you use?

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Know Your Tomato – Distinguishing Between Natural and GMO Varieties

Posted on May 13, 2011 in Science & Technology – Kevin Hayden

Source: PhysOrg

Genetically modified (GM) tomatoes look much the same as traditional varieties. But are they? By comparing the chemical diversity of strains of GM tomatoes with a control strain and traditional reference cultivars, a research team in Japan has developed a way to distinguish between them.

Consumers need to be confident that GM tomatoes are safe, so initial risk assessments must show that they are ‘substantially equivalent’ to traditional varieties in their chemical make-up. Scientists can then focus on those chemicals, or ‘metabolites’, found only in particular GM varieties for toxicological testing.

Hayden’s Note:

I’m weary of posting this article because it is slightly pro-GMO.  However, it also advances the process and ease in which GM foods can be distinguished, possibly paving the way for at-home identification or verification of farmer’s market produce, etc etc.  The science has potential … if used for good, instead of evil. Haha.  I will give them a bit of credit, though.  Towards the end, they state, “Our aim was not to show that the GM tomatoes are safe, but rather to examine the chemical diversity of GM tomatoes compared with natural variants…”

As a case study, the team—led by Kazuki Saito of the RIKEN Plant Science Center in Yokohama—focused on GM tomatoes over-expressing a foreign gene encoding miraculin, a substance normally found in a tropical plant but not tomatoes....

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5 Ways to Eat Like a Human

Posted on May 12, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Activist Post

What could be more important than what we put into our bodies?  Yeah, yeah that’s how all these preachy “health” posts begin.  But really, stop and think about what you eat and absorb, and ask yourself on the most basic level if it is fit for a human being.

Hayden’s Note:

If you’re into “health” posts or wanting to learn how to eat healthier, avoid processed foods, GMOs and more, check out some of my recent articles:

How to Get More Fruits, Vegetables and Super Foods into Your Diet While Avoiding GMOs

Eating Healthier, Part 1: Understanding Genetically Modified Foods and Their Dangers

High Fructose Corn Syrup isn’t Sugar: The Lawsuits and Health Effects

How many levels of processing is required from the food’s raw materials to get it to the form that you call it food? Does it have engineered chemicals designed to glue it together?  What do these chemicals do to the human body? Ask why do you eat what you eat?  Is it for comfort, convenience, conformity, value, or genuine nutrition?...

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Courts Require FDA to Recognize Cancer Fighting Ability of Vitamins C and E

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Natural News

A considerable legal victory has been achieved for the natural health community in defending freedom of health speech. A recent lawsuit filed by the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) and several other plaintiffs against the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has successfully stopped the FDA from censoring the truth about the health benefits of both vitamin C and vitamin E. The case sets an important precedent for freedom of health speech as the court ruled that censorship of qualified health claims is unconstitutional.

Qualified health claims represent statements that make a connection between a particular substance and its ability to lower disease risk. Such statements can be found on juice containers, cereal boxes, and supplement bottles. One example of a qualified health claim is, “A diet rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases.”

The landmark 1999 case “Pearson vs. Shalala” established that food and supplement manufacturers are freely permitted to include qualified health claims on their products, so long as there is scientific evidence to back it up.


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How to Get More Fruits, Vegetables and Super Foods into Your Diet While Avoiding GMOs

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 in Featured Articles – Kevin Hayden

Fruits and vegetables should make up a large portion of your diet. They are low in calories, which is good, and they are high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, which is even better. Experts suggest that you eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Eating the suggested amount of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is difficult for many people. Busy schedules, eating on the run, and the temptation of junk foods are all barriers to getting enough fruits and vegetables into your diet.

Do you need some help getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet? Here are some tips:

Make Fruits and Vegetables Convenient at Home

Apples, pears, bananas, oranges and cherry tomatoes don’t need any refrigeration. Keep your fruits and vegetables in plain view on your countertop or table. When snack time rolls around it will be easy to grab a piece of fruit or a handful of cherry tomatoes. With this idea in mind, make sure you keep the cookie jar and the candy bars out of sight....

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High Fructose Corn Syrup: Not Just Another Form of Sugar

Posted on Apr 12, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Dr. Joanmarie Pellegrini

Much has been written about the dangers of consuming soft drinks because of their hidden sugars and extra calories. However, is it as simple as just extra calories from sugar or is the high fructose corn syrup used as the sweetener that is particularly harmful?

It is important to understand that there are several different types of sugar.

The sugar our bodies use for energy is glucose. Dextrose is the same as glucose. Our bodies eventually break all sugars down into glucose.

Sucrose is our usual table sugar and is made from cane or beet sugar. This is a two-sugar molecule with one glucose and one fructose bonded together.

Fructose is the sugar found in fruits and vegetables. Fructose has a low glycemic index, which means that it takes a long time for the body to it break down, resulting in a slow, steady release of sugar, rather than a sudden rush. For this reason, fructose is sometimes recommended for people with diabetes.

Regular corn syrup is made from corn and is all glucose....

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Health Benefits of Maple Syrup – Fights Diabetes and Prevents Cancer

Posted on Apr 05, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma – Kevin Hayden

Source: Natural News

Put down the corn syrup-laden Aunt Jemima and reach for some 100 percent pure maple syrup. New research recently presented at the 241st annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, Calif., highlights the amazing health benefits of maple syrup, including its ability to help treat diabetes and prevent the onset of cancer.

Navindra Seeram and her colleagues from the University of Rhode Island last year discovered that maple syrup contains 20 unique health-promoting compounds, 13 of which have never before been identified in maple syrup. And according to a release from United Press International, five of the compounds identified have never been previously identified in nature at all.

“I continue to say that nature is the best chemist, and that maple syrup is becoming a champion food when it comes to the number and variety of beneficial compounds found it in,” said Seeram in a statement. “It’s important to note that in our laboratory research we found that several of these compounds possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses.”

Maple syrup is already known for being rich in vitamins and minerals, but now it has become clear that the natural sweetener is loaded with a host of powerful, disease-fighting antioxidants.


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How to Reduce Blood Sugar and Live Longer

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

Hayden’s Note:

Okay, so the title might be a bit mis-leading.  But if you’re not concerned with your blood sugar levels, you need to be.  I’m a fairly healthy, 28 year old male and the importance of avoiding massive amounts of refined carbs, sugars and fats is one of my biggest priorities.  I don’t have high blood pressure or tumorous cells… yet.  We Americans have been eating a highly-processed, horrible diet for decades and decades.  We eat out close to 60% of the time.  Even when cooking at home, we fill ourselves with starchy pastas, breads and grain-fed beef, covered in sauces containing high fructose corn syrup, washed down by 12 fl. oz. of sugar.  

Our body did not evolve to metabolize the large amount of carbohydrate calories we consume these days.  High levels of blood glucose are a significant underlying factor that leads to the development and proliferation of many age-related diseases. Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia are all accelerated by slowly increasing post meal blood sugar levels that cause needless suffering and death for millions of unsuspecting people each year....

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Fluoride in Water Linked to Lower IQ in Children – Again.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: PRNewswire

Exposure to fluoride may lower children’s intelligence says a study pre-published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (online December 17, 2010).  Fluoride is added to 70% of U.S. public drinking water supplies.

According to Paul Connett, Ph.D., director of the Fluoride Action Network, “This is the 24th study that has found this association, but this study is stronger than the rest because the authors have controlled for key confounding variables and in addition to correlating lowered IQ with levels of fluoride in the water, the authors found a correlation between lowered IQ and fluoride levels in children’s blood. This brings us closer to a cause and effect relationship between fluoride exposure and brain damage in children.”

“What is also striking is that the levels of the fluoride in the community where the lowered IQs were recorded were lower than the EPA’s so-called ‘safe’ drinking water standard for fluoride of 4 ppm and far too close for comfort to the levels used in artificial fluoridation programs (0.7 – 1.2 ppm),” says Connett....

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McDonalds, KFC & Pepsi to Help Write UK Health Food Policy

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Guardian

The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald’s and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease, the Guardian has learned.

In an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five “responsibility deal” networks with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies. Some of these are expected to be used in the public health white paper due in the next month.

The groups are dominated by food and alcohol industry members, who have been invited to suggest measures to tackle public health crises. Working alongside them are public interest health and consumer groups including Which?, Cancer Research UK and the Faculty of Public Health. The alcohol responsibility deal network is chaired by the head of the lobby group the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. The food network to tackle diet and health problems includes processed food manufacturers, fast food companies, and Compass, the catering company famously pilloried by Jamie Oliver for its school menus of turkey twizzlers....

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Gulf of Mexico Still Loaded with Chemicals but FDA Says Seafood Safe to Eat

Posted on Nov 04, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

Not even six months after the first reports about the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico made headlines, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) joined together with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to announce that virtually all Gulf seafood is now safe to eat. Independent tests, however, continue to show that Gulf waters are still highly contaminated, and that many sea creatures are still dying from exposure to both oil and toxic oil dispersant chemicals.

Federal agencies tested for only one chemical component while ignoring all others

The FDA and NOAA recently made the shocking announcement because of results from federal tests that allegedly found “no detectable residue” of toxic chemicals in the majority of seafood tested. But fishery experts are questioning the legitimacy of the testing methods used, citing the fact that the tests only looked for one chemical component of the Corexit dispersant — dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (DOSS) — while ignoring the presence of numerous other toxic chemicals and chemical combinations like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), propanols, and 2-butoxyethanol, that are also highly toxic....

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Unnatural Selection – Seeds of Deception

Posted on Sep 23, 2010 in Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden

Unnatural Selection
This is a film by Bertram Verhaag & Gabriele Krober
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GMOs represent an historically unique threat, reports Jeffrey Smith: “We’re feeding the products of an infant science to millions of people and releasing them into the environment where they can never be recalled.” So whether you’re already well read on the topic of GMOs, or just starting to learn about this latest threat to our food, order The GMO Trilogy and help fund the fight against GMOs. Your friends, neighbors, and your children will thank you for it.

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Male Fish Now Exhibiting Female Traits Due to Toxic Chemicals and Big Pharma Runoff

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Health, Food News, & Big Pharma

Source: Natural News

More than 80 percent of male bass in the Potomac River on the U.S. Atlantic coast are producing eggs or showing other female traits, the nonprofit Potomac Conservancy has warned, in a call for more research into the causes of intersex fish.

In a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report, intersex fish were found in a third of all 111 sites tested across the United States, including in major waterways such as the Mississippi River and the Rio Grande. The phenomenon occurred in 16 different species, but was most common in male smallmouth and largemouth bass.

Researchers agree that the phenomenon is almost certainly caused by the presence of pollutants in the water, including endocrine- (hormone) disrupting chemicals and the residue of pharmaceutical products.

“We have not been able to identify one particular chemical or one particular source,” said USGS biologist Vicki Blazer. “We are still trying to get a handle on what chemicals are important.”

Among the chemicals likely to be contributing to the problem, Blazer cited birth control pills and other hormone-containing drugs, antibacterial products including tissues, personal care products (especially those containing fragrances), flame retardants, pesticides and fertilizers....

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Social Networking Powerful Tool to Promote Good Health

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Social Networking

Source: Natural News

The power of social networking to connect friends and help businesses connect with existing and potential clientele continues to be a driving force in today’s world because of its incredible success. But how can social networking work to promote better health? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) believes that if people promote healthy lifestyles within their social networks, public health as a whole will significantly improve.

Recent studies have shown that people’s behaviors rub off onto their friends. Bad habits like smoking and overeating are contagious, say many researchers. But so are good behaviors like eating healthy, exercising and getting good rest, which is why NIH is offering funding to scientists willing to work on improving public health through social networking.

“We’ve come to realize more and more that how people live and function in social networks is really important to health,” explained Deborah Olster, acting director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH.

Several researchers have already come up with creative ideas to promote better health through social networks. Dr. Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School believes that creating artificial social groups around things like losing weight or eating better will help to encourage unhealthy people to improve their lifestyles....

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